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San Diego Again Top Choice on July 4 Weekend, But Fliers Should Prep for Holiday Hassles

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An airplane lands in San Diego. Photo by Pablo Mason / San Diego International Airport

It’s a holiday weekend, and as usual, San Diego is one of the top destinations, tourism officials said, along with Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.

Other top choices for Southern California residents are expected to be Mexico and Yosemite.

Across the country, an estimated 48 million people travel, according to the Automobile Club of Southern Californiawith the vast majority reaching their destination by driving, despite near-high gas prices.

Southern California highways and airports began to get a lot busier Thursday as the holiday getaway for millions of residents began for the Fourth of July weekend.

The Auto Club estimates that nearly 3.3 million SoCal residents will travel for the holiday, the third-highest number for a July 4th holiday behind only 2019 and 2018.

According to the Auto Club, 2.7 million Southern Californians will drive to their destinations for the long weekend.

For people driving, transportation analytics firm INRIX advised motorists to avoid driving until Saturday afternoon, the end of the busiest travel time, with Interstates 5 and 10 among the highways expected to be the most congested.

The association estimates 426,000 will fly and around 168,000 will travel by other means such as bus, train or cruise ship.

San Diego International Airport reported multiple delays and cancellations for both arrivals and departures amid ongoing difficulties for airlines. In the US Friday, according to FlightAware.comthere were 7,226 delayed flights by 20:30 and 580 cancellations.

In San Diego there is also under construction which will require passengers to schedule prior arrivals in order to make their flights.

In addition, local airport officials noticed a traffic hiccup Friday that may have affected those headed to the airport – a traffic signal malfunction at North Harbor Drive and Harbor Island Drive. The airport reported the issue on social media at 8:40 a.m. and noted that the lights were back on after 2 p.m.

Los Angeles International Airport officials said they expect to see up to 115,000 departing passengers pass through the airport each day Thursday through Saturday and again Tuesday and Wednesday.

“We expect the Independence Day holiday weekend to be the busiest we’ve had in more than two years,” Justin Erbacci, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports, said in a statement.

Another complication in Los Angeles – dozens of off-duty Delta Air Lines pilots picketed for two hours at LAX on Thursday, part of a national labor action calling for an improved contract. Pilot representatives say the action is aimed at obtaining improved pay and better scheduling and working conditions.

Delta officials issued a statement saying the picketing will not affect flight operations because all pilots involved are off duty.

The pilots at LAX did not appear to be affecting traffic in the terminal area, mostly standing on the curb holding signs.

– City news service

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